3,000 Singaporeans equipped with 5G skills in national drive
The Straits Times|November 19, 2021
Pace of training faster than expected, with 5G signals set to cover island by end-2025
Kenny Chee

More than 3,000 Singaporeans have been trained in 5G mobile technology skills in the last year – faster than expected – under a national effort to grow expertise in a field important to the country’s digital economy.

Announcing the update at a Singapore Polytechnic (SP) event, Minister for Communications and Information Josephine Teo said this “very rapid progress” was made possible through the combined effort of all 12 institutes of higher learning in Singapore as well as industry partners.

In September last year, the Government said there were plans to train 5,000 professionals in 5G skills by 2023.

Speaking on Wednesday, Mrs Teo said that globally, countries like the United States, China and Japan are deploying 5G technology at a rapid pace.

Similarly, Singapore is pushing ahead with its 5G roll-out, she said, noting that technologies like 5G and artificial intelligence (AI) “are key planks in the broader trend of digitalisation”.

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